This year at Canadian Opera Fest, we are featuring two new operas by two emerging Canadian composers: Padajuća Zvijezda by Julijana Hajdinjak and The Covenant by Dylann Miller.
Padajuća Zvijezda - Julijana Hajdinjak
Set in a celestial kingdom, Padajuća Zvijezda is a Croatian tale of two lovers living in a world where love has become outlawed. The punishment for those who love is banishment to Earth- a dishonourable world lacking the beauty of the galaxy. An opera of passion, justice and optimism, Padajuća Zvijezda explores the power of human emotion and how it can change the world.
Sung in Croatian and English.
Music by Julijana Hajdinjak and Libretto by Julijana and Danijela Hajdinjak.
Melina Garcia Zambrano as Aurelia
Philip Klaassen as Stelo
Allison Walmsley as Luna
Domenico Sanfilippo as Solaris
Katerina Utochkina as Astra
The Covenant - Dylann Miller
Witches, lesbians, priests, and mailmen- The Covenant is an opera about empowering women to embrace their true selves from the perspective of a teenage girl in a small town.
Sung in English.
Music by Dylann Miller and Libretto by Midori Marsh.
Allison Walmsley as Cate
Chad Quigley as Father Andrew
Kimberely Rose-pehfany as Keira
Autumn Wascher as Delaney
Stephanie O’Leary as Lilith
Sam Rowlandson-O’Hara as Cate's Mother
Melina Garcia Zambrano as Lucinda
Edward Larocque as the Mailman
Mike Fan as the Baker